Thanks to the efforts of public sector unions in New York, like the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees, NYSUT, and the NYS AFL-CIO, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed and Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law making changes to the Taylor Act. These changes are meant to preempt any changes that will come thanks to the
Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case, which will be decided in June.
Below are some of the new changes that have been made. While some are minor and often already in practice, some of these changes are major and will help many New York unions to keep their membership strong, if the Supreme Court decides to support the corporate-backed attempt to bring Right to Work to the entire country.
Highlights of the new amendments to the Taylor Law include:
- Dues deductions shall be commenced as soon as possible, but no later than thirty days after the dues deduction cards are signed.
- Within the first 30 days of employment or reemployment of an individual, the employer shall notify your union of the hiring, transfer or assignment into the bargaining unit.
- Within 30 days of receiving notice from the employer of the hiring, your union shall have a meeting with the employee for a reasonable amount of time during work hours without charge to leave credits, unless directed otherwise by the collective bargaining agreement.